Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Family Place Libraries™ Project
A goal of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Library Services and Technology Act Five-Year Plan 2013-2017 is that "Texans will have access to library services to build a strong foundation for early learning, success in school, and lifelong learning." To help accomplish this goal, the Agency is promoting early childhood literacy in Texas libraries through grants, model programs, and training.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) initiated the Family Place Libraries™ Project in 2015 to help public libraries address early learning with an aim of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn. The Project funds tuition for two staff from participating Texas libraries to attend the three-day Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute on the core elements of the program, and 3 years of follow-up and support by Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) staff. The Training Institute is at MCPL in New York. Tuition for the Institute and follow-up support are provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (2015, 2016, 2017).
After attending the Institute, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $6000 from State funds to develop their Family Place Libraries™ program.
Participating libraries are responsible for travel expenses to New York, including airfare and a rental car. The Tocker Foundation has agreed to reimburse travel costs for libraries in communities serving populations of less than 12,000.
Applications for the FY 2017 Family Place Libraries™ Project are now closed. Please subscribe to the Library Developments blog to receive further announcements about the TSLAC Family Place Libraries™ Project. Contact Project Coordinator Bethany Wilson with any questions .
Staff from twelve Texas libraries attended the Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute in May 2015, and staff from twenty-four Texas Libraries have been selected to attend the Institute in FY 2016.
Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. Family Place Libraries™ promotes a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers. Based on research about the importance of early brain development, Family Place Libraries™ supports the essential role of parents as first teachers and addresses the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of child development to help build a foundation for learning during the critical first years of life. By partnering and working with other social, health and educational services providers, the Family Place model positions libraries as key early childhood and family support organizations within the local community.
The Family Place Libraries™ model was developed beginning in 1996 through a collaboration between Libraries for the Future (LFF) and Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) in New York. Working together, LFF and MCPL developed a framework for a replicable model to train libraries in new ways of looking at children’s services. The newly dubbed Family Place library program built a structure comprised of specific core elements to expand the role of public libraries as community centers and key players in family and early childhood development, parent and community involvement, and lifelong learning beginning at birth. The Family Place Libraries™ network includes more than 400 sites in 27 states.
To learn more about Family Place Libraries™, please visit the Family Place Libraries™ website.
Storymap of Family Place Libraries™ in Texas Congressional Districts
- Applications for the FY 2017 Family Place Libraries™ Project are now closed. Please subscribe to the Library Developments blog to receive further announcements about the TSLAC Family Place Libraries™ Project. Contact Project Coordinator Bethany Wilson with any questions.
- Twenty-four Texas libraries attended the Training Institute and became Family Place Libraries in FY 2016.
- 10-month Progress Report: Photos, Publicity, and Partners for Libraries Participating in the October and November 2015 Trainings Institutes (Sept. 2016) (PDF)
- 10-month Progress Report: Summary Results for Participants of the October and November 2015 Training Institutes (Sept. 2016) (PDF)
- 10-month Progress Report for March and April 2016 Attendees (PDF of Survey)
- Twelve Texas Libraries attended the Training Institute to become Family Place Libraries in Fiscal Year 2015.
- Read more about FY 2015 Family Place Libraries
- 20-month Progress Report (PDF of Survey)
- Transforming Into a Family Place Library presented by Crystal Drillen, Diana Slavinsky, Ida Garza, Laura Chapa, and Pattie Mayfield
- Family Place Libraries Parent/Child Workshops presented by Mia Harris, Joyce Ullah, and Laura Chapa